Ecological Research

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 409–413

Belowground carbon storage of Micronesian mangrove forests

  • Kiyoshi Fujimoto
  • Akihiro Imaya
  • Ryuichi Tabuchi
  • Shigeo Kuramoto
  • Hajime Utsugi
  • Tamon Murofushi
Note and Comment

DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1703.1999.00313.x

Cite this article as:
Fujimoto, K., Imaya, A., Tabuchi, R. et al. Ecol Res (1999) 14: 409. doi:10.1046/j.1440-1703.1999.00313.x

Belowground carbon storage was examined for mangrove forests on Pohnpei Island, Micronesia. Stored carbon in a coral reef-type mangrove habitat consisting of a 2 m thick mangrove peat layer, which is a type of mangrove habitat in tropical Pacific islands, was estimated at 1300 t C ha−1. The carbon burial rate during the phase of gradual sea-level rise, which was calculated at 93 g m−2 year−1 between 1800 and 1380 years bp using the medians of the radiocarbon ages, was significantly higher than that between 1380 years bp and present in a stable sea-level phase.

Key words

belowground carbon storagecarbon burial ratemangrove peattropical Pacific islands

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© Blackwell Science Asia Pty. Ltd. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kiyoshi Fujimoto
    • 1
  • Akihiro Imaya
    • 1
  • Ryuichi Tabuchi
    • 2
  • Shigeo Kuramoto
    • 2
  • Hajime Utsugi
    • 3
  • Tamon Murofushi
    • 4
  1. 1.Forest Environment DivisionForestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)TsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Shikoku Research CenterFFPRIKochiJapan
  3. 3.Forest Technology DivisionFFPRITsukubaJapan
  4. 4.Systems Research and Development Institute of JapanTokyoJapan